Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has cried out that he must die prematurely like former Attorney General and minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige whose cap was removed at the palace of Ooni of Ife, in Ile-Ife.
Fayose decried the removal of his cap at the People’s Democratic Party PDP rally in Ondo State on Wednesday.
‘What happened to the late Bola Ige must happen to me after they removed my cap in Ondo,” he warned.
It would be recalled that Iige’s cap was removed at the palace of the Ooni of Ife shortly before his killers strck and shot him to death at his Bodija residence in Ibadan on December 23, 2001.
It was learnt that Fayose was making his way to the podium at the campaign ground when some thugs moved towards him and removed his cap. Fayose said he would make a formal report of the incident to the security agencies and the party’s authorities.
‘It was not something to be handled with levity as security agencies will have to unravel all the thugs brought to the event and their sponsors”, he said.
In a statement by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, the former governor who is having a running battle with the PDP leader in Lagos State, Chief Bode George, the former governor accused the former Deputy National Chairman of the party of masterminding the assault on him at the party’s campaign rally for the Ondo State governorship election in Ondo town.
Fayose said despite ”the shameful act” he ”won’t stop saying the truth concerning the running of the party in the South-West zone and those who have failed to produce any result in Lagos State since 1999 will be made to retire”
Fayose however, warned that nothing should happen to him, stressing that ” that was how Chief Bola Ige’s cap was removed in Ile-Ife, Osun State then and we all know what happened”.
”So this one will not be ignored and treated as one of those things. The masterminds had it all planned and they followed it up by celebrating what they saw as the success of their plot. They even capped it up by circulating the video”, Fayose said in a voice laden with grief.
”So it was not an accident, it was planned. But those who planned it only succeeded in advertising their political ‘myopism’ because the popularity of the brand Ayo Fayose, Osokomole cannot be rubbished by such a childish act”, he said, adding, ”that they must have seen in the reaction of the people at the rally and I am sure they know that they can’t get such loud ovation even if they spend all the money in this world.”.
”As for me, I am unperturbed and I must say it clearly that those newcomers to the PDP and their old allies, who won’t mind soiling the image of the party to achieve their aims will not be allowed to succeed”, he said.